Position: Music Director; Assistant Professor, Theatre
Location: Ruebush Hall 127-H
Phone: (917) 538-9280
Employed Since: 2016
B.M., The City University of New York – Brooklyn College; M.A., The City University of New York – Hunter College
Fields of Expertise:
- Vocal Coaching
- Musical Theatre Audition Preparation
- Music Direction/ Musical Theatre Conducting
- Accompanying (Musical Theatre, Opera, and Art Song)
- Musical Theatre Styles
- Musical Theatre History/Inclusive Casting Practices in American Musical Theatre
Rick Edinger is an accomplished music director, vocal coach, pianist, and actor. He began his career as a performer, appearing in the 2004 Tony nominated Broadway revival of “Pacific Overtures” and the Broadway benefit concert production of “Children and Art: A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim on the Eve of his 75th Birthday.” Regionally, he has performed in Symphony Space’s “Wall to Wall Sondheim,” Roundabout Theatre Company’s 40th Anniversary Gala at Chelsea Piers, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Mount Washington Valley Theatre Company, and many houses across the United States and Europe. His television appearances include “As the World Turns,” “Love Monkey,” and “Starved.” He has also been featured on the 2004 Broadway revival recording of “Pacific Overtures” with PS CLASSICS and “Wall to Wall Sondheim” with XM SATELLITE RADIO.
Edinger has served as music director, coach, and accompanist for numerous educational institutions. He has been a guest music director at New York University Tisch School of the Performing Arts and served on faculty at The County College of Morris and The College of Saint Elizabeth. Other institutions and projects include The City University of New York- Hunter College, Bronx Opera, Coópera: Project Opera of Manhattan, Brightest Star School of the Performing Arts, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Mount Washington Valley Theatre Company, and The Talent Company. He has also worked as a collaborative pianist with Broadway performers and singers from the Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, and more. As a vocal coach in New York for over 10 years, Edinger’s former and current clients have performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on national/ international tours, and in regional houses across the globe.
Edinger received his training at Manhattan School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Brooklyn College, and Hunter College. He has studied piano with Gerardo Teissonniere and Geoffrey Burleson and studied voice with Mignon Dunn, Joan Caplan, and Maitland Peters. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television & Radio Artists.
“When I first visited Shenandoah University, I was immediately enamored with the charm of Winchester. I felt like I had stumbled upon a hidden treasure of history and culture, with the added bonus of a well-respected arts institution (Shenandoah Conservatory) at the heart of the community. Over nearly 15 years in New York City, I have had an exciting career as a Broadway performer, vocal coach, pianist, and music director; however, I have found that working with budding young performers is my true passion. Shenandoah Conservatory is a home for innovative, authentic, and passionate teaching… a place where I can take my experience and knowledge and pass it on to the next generation of musical theatre performers.”
Married to Giovanna Reyes-Mir (accomplished opera singer, professor of voice, and current Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Winchester).
Proud father of Tristan Wolfgang (superhero extraordinaire).